Illinois Valley Wildflower Walk 5-7-21

Photos by Kay, Liz and Sunny

What a day!   Seven Flower Floozies -- Kay, Darryl, Sabin, Rich, Mike, Sunny and myself -- were in seventh heaven as we got up close and personal with many endemic species of the unique serpentine habitat of the Illinois Valley. 

First stop was Eight Dollar Mountain Botanical Wayside.  We didn't even hit the boardwalk until 20 minutes after we got out of our cars because there were so many new flowers to view and discuss.  But once we did the fragrance and floral abundance of Western Azaleas were stunning. Oh, yeah, there was also an acre of Darlingtonians (aka Cobra Lillys) as well, but the best was yet to come...

After stops on the Illinois River bridge and lunch overlooking the Josephine Creek-Illinois River confluence, we headed cross-county to the "secret" spot (thanks, Francie!!) off the Howell Botanical Drive and over the steep, rocky slope to find the California Ladyslippers and lots more azaleas and Darlingtonians.  (Sunny said she found her very own Ladyslipper forest but no one else was willing to climb that far up to see.)  We have some very adventurous Flower Floozies who are not afraid to go off trail.  We then headed about a mile further up the road to find the Lemon Fawn Lilly and quite rare White Bleeding Hearts.

We topped off the day with a 1/2-mile hike down to the Little Illinois River Falls trail with more flowers and a roaring chute of water through polished green serpentine rocks.

Azure penstemen

Barestem biscuit root

Bell catchfly

Blue dicks

Blue-eyed grass

California Lady’s slipper

California Gromwell

California Lomatiium

Coast flatstem onion

Desert allysum

Dwarf checkerbloom (not Wine cup clarkia)

Frosted Indian paintbrush

Howell’s Blue camas

Howell’s Biscuitroot

Howell’s Silverpuffs

Large-flowered rushlilly

Leafy fleabane

Leafy pea

Lemon fawn lily

Narrowleaf blue-eyed Mary (Shirts & skirts)

Oregon sunshine

Oregon rockcress

Silky balsamroot

Serpentine arnica

Serpentine groundsel

Serviceberry

Showy phlox

Small flowered death camas

Straight-beak buttercup

Tolmei’s Mariposa lilly (Pussy ears)

Upland larkspur

Western Groundsel

Western star flower

White bleeding heart

White morning glory

White bog orchid

Yarrow

Yellow sanicle

Yellowleaf iris

Respectfully submitted, Your Flower Floozy Liz 

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